Art and the philosophy of life

silent night
is relative
depending on where you are
people sing songs
from times so long ago
they have no meaning
for those who are alive today
babies scream
people get shot
dogs bark
people fight
die
are born
ER’s are busy
sirens sound
planes fly over head
cars screech
televisions blare
music blasts
people are at parties
I bet few have ever seen a manger
or even know what one is
so unless a person
lives in a rural area
where there is no war
or violence
silent night
takes on a different meaning
where all is not calm
although it is sometimes bright

 

via Silent night – Georgiann Carlson — Brave & Reckless

Comments on: "Silent night – Georgiann Carlson — Brave & Reckless" (6)

  1. It seems to me that far too many people have become numb to the suffering of others. In the states so many live with privileges unknown to the largest part of civilization. It causes me great pain to know how many live without adequate food and housing.

    • I agree completely. The thing that makes me furious is that it is NOT UP TO THE REST OF US TO HELP OTHERS because the GOVERNMENT FORCES PEOPLE INTO POVERTY through inadequate pay, benefits and all the other ugly and hateful things they do. There is NO reason for poverty, other than people being KEPT IN THAT STATE ON PURPOSE. Minimum wage is keeping people poor and hungry. The men who vote on what it should be are filthy rich. Racism, religion, government, corporations, violence all keep certain groups of people, including WOMEN struggling. Then, we are supposed to feel guilty and hurry to help people who are purposely being hurt when it’s unnecessary. We NEED TO FIGHT THE GOVERNMENT so the problems will be solved. We’re looking at it backward. Yes, we need to help people while we’re doing it, but we need to FIGHT THE PROBLEM AND GET THE SOLUTION OR IT WILL NEVER END. We are being led to look in the wrong direction. More never ending wastes of time trying to solve an unsolvable problem, because we aren’t actually working ON THE PROBLEM AT ALL. We need to work on the solution, which is how much people are paid. Why they don’t have jobs. Those kinds of things. Once we get rid of the prejudice and enforced poverty, the problems will disappear.

  2. I agree. Do you think people in the states mostly think they should help personally seek solutions? You would think so but it has been my experience that those with money feel that those who don’t have done something wrong. It’s the ‘let them eat cake’ syndrome. I once owned and operated a house cleaning service. The fiscal gap between the service providers and the customers was huge and the customers couldn’t conceive of how the cleaners lived from hand to mouth. I think that is a huge part of the problem. How are solutions found when you don’t think those who are lacking are seen as not worthy.

    • You are so right. Far too many people think people deserve what they get, or that they are unworthy of more. I can’t understand that in any way at all. How can people think it takes away from THEM if people make a living wage? If they have winter coats and food? I don’t understand how people can think they are worth more, or deserve more, than anyone else. I never will get that. I think what our government and our culture does to people is a crime against against their own citizens. And while some rich people “donate” to their favorite cause it’s usually just regular people driving around handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and mittens. People with less often give more, more in a way that helps others and isn’t just a tax break. We have all been TAUGHT to act the way we do. People are always taught to blame the poor people for being poor not the government who makes and keeps them poor. It’s a terrible thing.

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